09:00 - 09:15

Welcome and Opening

09:15 - 09:40

Gib Bulloch, Intrapreneurship Guru (CH): The Power of Innovations from the Inside

Investments in people and ideas that might yield no fruit is a risk. However, they might also bring solutions that turn the company into a social innovator – a company that changes society for the better in addition to simply running a business. A company of the future.

09:40 - 10:30

Discussion: The Circular Economy vs. Chain Stores

How are chain stores responding to climate change? What measures are they already taking and what more can they still do? What are the barriers to switching to a circular model?


• Matúš Gála, CEO, Lidl Slovakia
• Karoly Szalai, CEO, METRO Cash & Carry SR
• Veronika Bush, Head of Communication, TESCO Stores SR

10:30 - 10:45

Coffee Break

10:45 - 11:05

Martina Břeňová, Director of Programs and Development at the Avast Foundation (CZ): Can Company Endowment Funds Break Down Social Taboos?

The palliative care program launched thanks to the support of the Avast technology company is an example of what happens when the private sector takes its responsibility for promoting positive change in society seriously.

11:05 - 11:40

BLF Talks - Inspirational best practices from a Slovak context

• Lucia Groneová, Head of HR Bratislava, Swiss Re: “Own the Way You Work” – Complete Flexibility at Work
• Alena Kanabová, Technology Delivery Lead Senior Manager, Accenture: Joining Forces for Better Digital Services
• Radek Vrbka, Sales Director, Lidl Slovakia The Role of CSR in Purchasing

11:45 - 12:30

Round-table discussions

Give the Unicorns in Your Company Space to Fly
Intrapreneurship – innovations with a social dimension – should not be limited to one department in the company. How to promote a culture of innovation and find solutions beneficial for both the business and society?

Discussion Leader: Gib Bulloch, Intrapreneurship Guru (CH)

Philanthropy that Changes Things
Companies should focus on problems that otherwise go unnoticed. How to convince your management, develop a strategy, and lead a dialogue with the government?

Discussion Leader: Martina Břeňová, Director of Programs and Development at the Avast Foundation (CZ)

Marketing with an Environmental Message
Radegast uses its marketing communication to tackle the topic of droughts. How can a brand respond to the environmental challenges of our time in its communication?

Discussion Leaders:
Marek Grabovský, Brand Manager for Radegast (CZ)
Róbert Slovák, Founder and Creative Director, Róbert Slovák and priatelia, s.r.o.

Food Doesn’t Belong in the Trash
Food waste is more than just a problem for your wallet. How can we take simple steps to reduce the amount of food waste we produce at home and at work?

Discussion Leader: Katarína Pšenáková, CSR Manager, TESCO Stores SR

Corporate Startup Culture
​One of the benefits O2 offers to its employees is unlimited vacation. How to foster a culture of openness and trust in the workplace?

Discussion Leader: Jana Sekerová, HR Manager, O2 Slovakia

Dress responsibly!
Lidl follows social as well as environmental impact of their textile goods and constantly seeks innovations. How can companies improve social standards within the supply chain thanks to intersectoral collaboration? How to develop textile goods in accordance with Cradle to Cradle design?

Discussion Leader: Janna Bruins, Sustainable buying Non-Food, Lidl International

Civil Society as a Tool for Developing a Fair Business Environment
The private sector can use the Civil Society Sustainability Index as an indicator of well-functioning rule of law, which is one of the basic preconditions for a country’s development. Should entrepreneurs and companies work on its improvement?

Discussion Leader: Miroslav Šarišský, Manager of International Relations, Sustainability, and Communication, Slovenské Elektrárne

Equal Opportunities at Work
Equality at work starts at home. In what ways can paternity leave be a competitive advantage for both, mothers and fathers?

Discussion leader: Marcela Krajčová, HR Manager, Philip Morris Slovakia

The Circular Economy vs. Packaging
Reducing the amount of plastics and creating sustainable packaging are important priorities in Unilever’s strategy. How does the company tackle packaging innovations? What challenges are associated with this?

Discussion leader: Pavel Hampejs, Supply Chain Manager, Unilever Czech Republic and Slovakia

SDGs as a Business Opportunity 
SDGs are universal goals that unite all countries. How can companies use the SDG framework to design their own activities and strategies, whether it is in Slovakia or in developing countries?

Discussion Leaders:
Lucia Kišš, CEO, SlovakAid
Luciana Aguiar, Head of Business Call to Action, UNDP

12:30 - 13:30


13:30 - 13:55

Adam Henderson, Expert on the Changing World of Work (UK): Millennials at Work

Every generation has certain ideas of what work should look like. How to keep pace with millennials and the upcoming Generation Z?

14:00 - 14:45

Parallel Sessions

Discussion: How to Get CSR Covered by the Media
How does the media understand the concept of corporate social responsibility? And when are media outlets willing to cover the socially beneficial activities of companies without the need to present these articles as paid ads?


• Lukáš Fila, Director of the N Press publishing house
• Jakub Filo, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, SME
• Juraj Porubský, Editor-in-Chief, Forbes

Panel moderator: Ivana Vagaská, Senior Programe Manager, Pontis Foundation

Workshop: Motivate Your Employees to Become More Engaged
You know how it goes – you have a couple of active and motivated colleagues, but the rest of them stay passive. What is the cause of their low motivation? Join the workshop for advice from experts in behavioral economics.

Workshop Leader: Michal Plevka, Behavioral Strategy Director, MINDWORX

Workshop: How to Be a Responsible Company in the Digital Age
Have you heard of the Five Ideas for Five Years initiative? Do you know what specific steps we can take together to create a framework for people-oriented digital technologies? Join our discussion about a successful and sustainable digital Europe.

Workshop leader: Marcela Havrilová, Education Industry Lead, Microsoft Czech Republic and Slovakia

Workshop: Start a Waste Revolution in Your Company
Littering concerns every one of us. So, how can you take responsibility into your own hands and make your surroundings cleaner? We will show you that even collecting waste can become an attractive activity that makes your company environmentally responsible.

Workshop Leader: Katarína Kretter, Communication & Marketing Director, ENVI-PAK

14:45 - 15:00

Coffee Break

15:00 - 15:50

SDG Awards 2019

For the first time ever, we will present awards to an institution from the public sector, an NGO, leaders, and a media campaign for their contributions to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals.

15:50 - 17:00

Networking & Wine